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Second and Vine intersection to get temporary fix

After an extended discussion Monday night, the Hudson City Council decided to proceed with $24,990 worth of temporary repairs to the intersection of Second and Vine streets.

A polymer material will be injected under the concrete slabs in the northbound lane to raise and level them. The city crew will then fill the cracks in the broken concrete.

Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli presented five options to the council, ranging from the selected alternative to a total reconstruction of the intersection.

The council rejected total reconstruction a year ago when the low bid came in at $162,185.

Other options considered Monday night included removing two of the cracked concrete panels and replacing them with asphalt ($22,000), injecting concrete into the voids beneath the concrete slabs ($21,800) and removing all of the concrete slabs and replacing them with asphalt ($56,400).

Zeuli noted that the Public Works Committee's recommendation was to inject the polymer material to raise and level the concrete slabs. He stopped short of endorsing the plan, however.

"I think the question is how long is it going to be before we replace the whole intersection," Zeuli said.

Steve Gibbs of Uretek ICR, a company that specializes in concrete lifting using polymer materials, was in the audience and answered questions about the process.

Gibbs also is a resident of Second Street and drives through the intersection daily.

"If this gets delayed any more, you can buy me new shocks," he said, referring to the shock absorbers on his vehicle.

Gibbs said he wanted the council to move forward with repairs to the intersection whether or not his company gets the work.

The council followed City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick's advice and opted to advertise the project for bids. She said the price was close enough to the $25,000 threshold requiring competitive bidding to warrant that course.

Gibbs said the polymer material is warrantied for 10 years, but would last until the concrete slabs are eventually removed. He said if his company gets the job, he'll make sure any problems are corrected.

The work will be completed on one Sunday, he said.

That was a selling point for District 2 Alderperson Mary Yacoub, who said she is concerned about disrupting Second Street traffic during the busy summer season.

District 1 Alderperson Randy Morrissette voted to proceed with the polymer injection fix, but indicated it wasn't his first choice.

"I think the motion is shortsighted. We're not addressing the problem," he said. "I will vote for it because I want to do something."

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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